The Disneyland Resort is a magical place to make special memories with family and friends no matter what time of year you visit. However, one of my most favorite times to visit is during the holidays. With the Resort in full swing for Halloween Time right now, that means the Holidays are just around the corner. This year, Holidays at Disneyland Resort will begin on November 10 and run through January 8, 2017. We visited last year and our family cannot wait to return! Along with some of the beloved Holiday traditions you’ll find at the Resort, such as snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., the beautiful decor throughout the Parks, and Disney-themed holiday treats and entertainment, guests are in for a treat with some new surprises in store. There’s just nothing like visiting during “the most wonderful time of the year“! Holiday Offerings At Disneyland Park
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle returns for the first time since 2014, with magical
nighttime snowfall moments that conclude with “Believe … in Holiday Magic”
fireworks and its stirring snowfall finale.
Guests will be enchanted by the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street,
U.S.A. It’s 60 feet tall and filled with nearly 1,800 ornaments. This festive backdrop is a
popular location for holiday photos.Disney characters celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily
procession with floats, music, marching “tin soldiers” and holiday cheer. Santa, who
makes a jolly appearance in the parade, also will be found welcoming guests at his
special location in Critter Country. Disneyland guests definitely will want to experience the popular seasonal
transformations of these park attractions:“it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday with children around
the world enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries. Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday, with Jack Skellington
and his friends from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a
collision between Christmas and Halloween.Jungle Cruise is transformed into Jingle Cruise, as the jungle skippers gather
jettisoned holiday gifts and decorations to brighten the rugged landscapes
surrounding their riverboats. Holiday Offerings At Disney California Adventure Park
The all-new nighttime spectacular, “World of Color – Season of Light” celebrates the
warm and heartfelt spirit of the holidays, with powerful water fountains telling the story.
“World of Color – Season of Light” will take guests through a sparkling winter fantasy,
combining classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney
animated films to create an experience filled with magic. The new “Festival of Holidays” celebrates time-honored traditions and heartwarming
experiences inspired by holiday festivals around the world. Guests at the “Festival of
Holidays” will enjoy delicious internationally inspired food and beverages at 14 themed
festival marketplaces, and participate in diverse cultural holiday celebrations, including
the popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad! The global sounds of special guest musical groups
will ring throughout the festival, and the young and young-at-heart will celebrate with
some of their favorite Disney characters. Princess Elena, from the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor,” will make her
Disneyland Resort debut as part of the “Festival of Holidays.” She is the first Disney
Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures. After Holidays at the Disneyland
Resort conclude Jan. 8, Princess Elena will remain at Disney California Adventure to
continue visiting with guests. Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) returns as the finale of “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” in
the “Festival of Holidays.” The special four-day celebration of Three Kings Day will run
Jan. 5-8, 2016, in Paradise Garden. Treats for this holiday will include traditional Rosca
de Reyes bread.
New location for Santa This Year
Santa Claus, with a sleigh full of mischievous elves, appears at Redwood Creek
Challenge Trail, where guests of all ages will join the festive fun with a series of holiday-themed activities along the trail.The residents of Cars Land also decorate for the holidays, beginning with a whimsical
“snowcar” that greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs. Each address along Route
66–Flo’s V-8 Café, Fillmore’s, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires and more–
features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives
there. “a bug’s land” transforms for the holidays, too, as Flik and his bug friends deck their
land with over-sized lights and ornaments.
A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street.
The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt
Disney arrived in the 1920s, are decorated with vintage-style ornaments.The Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Hotels of the
Disneyland Resort also join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus.What are you most excited for during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Have you had the chance to experience this magical season yet?